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HPER11-101: Australia's Health Issues and Priorities


Australia's Health Issues and Priorities introduces students to Australia’s national health priority areas, providing them with an understanding of the epidemiological profile and burden of disease for each health issue. It will enable students to evaluate health issue causality using the determinant approach and to use this evaluation to identify interventions and opportunities to improve health across the health system. Students will develop an understanding of the social determinants of health and their impacts on health outcomes, and explore the roles, responsibilities, practice areas, and expertise of the major health professions in Australia. In addition, students will hear from a multidisciplinary team of educators and guests and be guided to consider the current and future challenges that priority health issues pose for health professionals and researchers. 

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

1. Describe the basic epidemiological profile and burden of disease associated with Australia’s national health priority areas. 2. Evaluate health issue causality using a determinant approach. 3. Examine the impacts of the social determinants on health status. 4. Identify opportunities for health system interventions and services based on determinant analysis. 5. Contrast the roles, responsibilities, practice areas, and expertise of the major health professions in the Australian context. 6. Describe the current and future challenges for practitioners and researchers working in health priority areas. 7. Recognise the impact of history and colonisation on contemporary First Nations health outcomes.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?30/05/2022
Cancellation 2?06/06/2022
Last enrolment29/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?11/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/07/2022
Teaching census?10/06/2022